LIFE

At Mukti, they help people to walk

NGO rehabilitating handicapped since 1986

Staff Reporter

MOVING ON: V.M. Karthik Kumar, a software consultant at I-Flex Solutions in Chennai, tries his new callipers. — Photo: Shaju John

MOVING ON: V.M. Karthik Kumar, a software consultant at I-Flex Solutions in Chennai, tries his new callipers. — Photo: Shaju John  

CHENNAI: When 48-year-old S. Mathrubutham, with a bag slung on his shoulder, tried to board a train to Tanjavur from Tiruchi, he had not noticed that the signal had turned green. He slipped and fell and was run over.

After the fall eight months ago, all hopes of walking deserted him. "He was vexed. We did not think he would ever be able to go back to work," recalled Latha, Mathrubutham's wife.

"He was treated at the Railway Hospital, but we had no hope that he would walk. My husband is a railway employee and we have two children. My elder son is doing B. Tech, and the second one is in school."

Mathrubutham was advised to visit Mukti, a non-government organisation working to rehabilitate the physically challenged since 1986. Mukti is a project of M.S. Dadha Foundation, located at Meenambakkam.

"The day my husband came to Mukti he began walking. He feels he is no more a handicapped," said Latha. "Now he can go back to work." Twentyfive-year-old V.M. Karthik Kumar of Dindigul contracted polio when he was nine months old. He wore steel callipers until third year in college. In 2001, he came to Mukti, and received lightweight callipers. Today, he received another set. "Callipers make my life much easier. Steel callipers made movement difficult. But the one that Mukti has given is light." He works for a software company in Chennai. A.K. Balyan, Director of Human Resources, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, Chennai, distributed artificial limbs to 70 people and callipers to 52 people on Monday. The company sponsored the project, which cost Rs. 2.5 lakh. As a token of appreciation of Mukti's work he has assured the NGO his support in future also.

A diabetes camp was conducted by M.V. Hospital and an eye camp was held by Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital at the organisation.

Others present at the function included Meena Dadha, director and Poonam Lalchand, chairperson of Mukti.

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